Few life events are more exciting than welcoming a new baby into your family. While you likely must plan for the stress that comes with motherhood, you should not have to worry about the health of your career. Though your employer should offer reasonable accommodations to help you balance your pregnancy and work duties, your manager should not discriminate against you.
In Michigan, the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sex. This broad category includes pregnancy discrimination. Still, not all forms of this are easy to identify. Here are some subtle signs your employer may be discriminating against you because of your pregnancy:
Your boss changes your schedule
Managers in Michigan and elsewhere enjoy wide latitude when staffing their organizations. That is, your boss can likely decide when you perform your work duties. Still, if your manager rearranges your schedule for seemingly no work-related purpose, pregnancy discrimination may be to blame.
Your manager ignores you
To do your job successfully, you need to engage with your colleagues, supervisors, clients and others. Attending meetings is likely essential. If your manager suddenly begins to exclude you from important activities after you announce your pregnancy, he or she may be running afoul of the law. Further, if your colleagues stop inviting you to work-related social activities, you may have trouble making the sort of connections you need to excel in the workplace.
You miss out on training opportunities
Many professions require individuals to pursue continuing education. Even if you do not work in a field with such a requirement, you likely need ongoing training to improve your skill set. Whether you are expecting a baby or spending time with a new one, your manager may stop offering you educational opportunities. This can have a long-term effect on your career.
While some forms of pregnancy discrimination are impossible to ignore, others are more subtle. Nonetheless, subtle discrimination is still discrimination. If you notice a pattern of disparate treatment during or after your pregnancy, you may need to act quickly to protect your financial future and your career.